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Bird in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia

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Old Sunday 26th July 2020, 14:47   #1
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Bird in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia

Some kind of goose? (It was the size of a duck).
We looked at a website of common geese in N.S., but it wasn't listed.
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Old Sunday 26th July 2020, 14:54   #2
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Some kind of goose? (It was the size of a duck).
We looked at a website of common geese in N.S., but it wasn't listed.
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Its a Barnacle Goose.

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Old Sunday 26th July 2020, 15:02   #3
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Old Sunday 26th July 2020, 19:17   #4
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This is an excellent find for your area - or anywhere in North America. A quick look at ebird and I find records of one bird seen various places around Shubencadie in 2017, but nothing before or since. This is worth reporting to your local rare bird hotline or listserve.
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This is an excellent find for your area - or anywhere in North America. A quick look at ebird and I find records of one bird seen various places around Shubencadie in 2017, but nothing before or since. This is worth reporting to your local rare bird hotline or listserve.
They are common in collections, so perhaps an escape?
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Old Sunday 26th July 2020, 20:27   #6
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They are common in collections, so perhaps an escape?
Indeed - it seems to have rings (bands in USA) on it's left leg....
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OK, not worth reporting then.
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Old Monday 27th July 2020, 09:04   #8
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The presence of a band does not tell you whether or not a bird is wild.

I would report it, and let the local authorities try to determine who might have banded it.

Authorities in Greenland and Scotland (the normal breeding and wintering grounds, respectively, for the nearest population to Canada) do (or did) band wild Barnacle geese, and some of these have been found in Canada (and the US too).
https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/f...Dec%202017.pdf

I do not know, however, whether they use the same style of bands as shown in your photo.
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Old Monday 27th July 2020, 10:13   #9
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The presence of a band does not tell you whether or not a bird is wild.

I would report it, and let the local authorities try to determine who might have banded it.

Authorities in Greenland and Scotland (the normal breeding and wintering grounds, respectively, for the nearest population to Canada) do (or did) band wild Barnacle geese, and some of these have been found in Canada (and the US too).
https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/f...Dec%202017.pdf

I do not know, however, whether they use the same style of bands as shown in your photo.
That's not the sort they use - it would be a taller, lettered colour ring on one leg, and a smaller metal ring on the other leg. Pretty sure this will be a breeder's ring. Still worth reporting though, so that others are aware that it is around.
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Old Monday 27th July 2020, 20:29   #10
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There is a lot of shade on this photo. Not exactly the place where you would expect a Barnacle Goose to hang around when free ranging. My guess would be it was in a park, right?
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Excellent point, Roland. The angle of the photo also suggests the bird was fairly close to the photographer -- not shy of people.

Guess who the Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park has in residence?

https://wildlifepark.novascotia.ca/a...acle-goose.asp
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